And I like it.
I was skeptical. I am not a fan of more structured carriers. I like traditional and freedom and pretty.
Ergo sent me the Organic Blue carrier with embroidery [$135] . And it is pretty.
I thought that I would only be comfortable wearing it on my back. It seemed awkward for the front.
Until I put it on.
So, I will go on record and say that YES. The Ergo is everything fabulous and as good as you've heard and then some.
I find that it is the first thing I reach for when it comes time to wear Ivy. (Which since she's popping through HER EIGHTH TOOTH right now. I wear her often.) I am wearing her in it now, for example.
Here I am nursing her in it at the zoo. (My hubby didn't even know that I was breastfeeding when he took this picture.)
I love that it's organic because she likes to
I have always been a big fan of mei tai carriers. This is the same concept, only with buckles and more support. With Ivy's girth (she's almost 20 lbs) I find this carrier to be quite comfortable and very easy to wear. Definitely one I do not have to adjust, ever. And very easy for her to nap in. (It's actually pretty much a guaranteed nap once she's in it.)
I find it easy to put her on my front by first buckling the waist part and then the back strap before putting my arms through. Then I just pick her up and pop her in. So, it is not a carrier that you can quickly do one handed. And as for the back, until she can climb onto my back on her own, I prefer having someone's assistance getting her in place. I can do it with the help of the couch or bed on my own, but right now she really likes snuggling up in my front anyway. And I don't mind that at all.
Ergo also sent along the matching front pouch and back pack- these things I thought for sure I'd never use but the pouch is perfect for my camera and I used it the first time I wore the carrier. (And I still use the pouch for my camera case!) And after trying the Ergo for the very first time, I enjoyed all the extra zippers and pouches and was pretty much ready to take off with no need for a stroller or bags. Have baby will travel!
I know this will be a carrier I'll be using until she is too old to be worn (whenever that is!) and would have totally used it when she was a newborn. I do feel like it is more secure than my other carriers, more so now that she's all monkey-like and tends to lean back and grab at everything in sight.
A huge plus for me is the ease and modesty to breastfeed while on the go and/or in public.
Now, don't misunderstand- I will still use my ring sling and regular mei tai. (And I'm also nurturing a new love for wraps.) But the Ergo truly is now my first choice for long term wear as well as nursing and doing chores around the house (including cooking- while using caution- of course), a very good carrier for every day use, and an excellent option if you have a heavy baby or back issues while babywearing. I'd suggest it for any size Mom or Dad- petite or plus size- and have heard it is great for babywearing while pregnant.
Oh, and also very comfy for both Mom & baby while blogging at a computer.
My many thanks to Ergo.
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